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Lacson laments huge cut in calamity fund

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson yesterday feared that calamity victims may be left to fend for themselves and fail to receive sufficient assistance from the government after the calamity fund was reduced by P497 million and realigned to the Department of Public Works and Highways that has regained P8 billion in lump sum funds.

The Senate and House bicameral conference yesterday approved the first national budget of President Duterte amounting to P3.35 trillion next year.

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Unlike himself, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson believes that colleague Sen. Leila M. de Lima, who is currently out of the country, will not try to go into hiding like what he did when he was charged for double murder in 2010.

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Pinapurihan kahapon ni Senator Cynthia A. Villar ang plano ng Commission on Education (CHED) na magbukas ng three-year degree program sa agrikultura para mahikayat ang mga anak ng farmers na magsaka.

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De Lima seeks probe

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Sen. Leila M. de Lima said yesterday that the admission of President Duterte that he ordered the reinstatement of Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 8 chief Supt. Marvin Marcos who allegedly received protection money from suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa should be the subject of a Senate inquiry.

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The Senate has reportedly archived the order asking her to explain why she should not be cited in contempt for advising Ronnie Dayan, her former driver and lover, not to attend one of its committee public hearings, reliable sources said.

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